Know How / Environment

Get the latest news on environmental, wildlife and rewilding issues on farms and farmland. Keep up-to-date on a range of farm environment matters including Defra’s greening policies, environmental compliance, water abstraction licences, ammonia emissions, and farm pollution. See advice on measure to improve your farm’s environmental credentials and sustainable future, such as planting trees to improve soil, livestock cover and a habitat for wildlife.

Advice and tips

FARM MAINTENANCE

Septic tanks on farm: Rules and replacements

By the time 1 January 2020 comes round, the Environment Agency hopes that farmers with septic tanks that currently discharge into a watercourse will have checked them and upgraded if necessary.…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Ultimate Guide: How to plant trees on your farm

Planting woodland and trees on farmland has a range of benefits for arable and livestock farmers - as a timber diversification it can provide an extra income stream, it can…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Guide to managing an established on-farm woodland

When the trees you have planted have been in the ground for several years they will have spread their branches. You will probably notice different wildlife species appearing in your…

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Case studies

ARABLE

How a veg grower slashed energy and pesticide use

A large farming estate on the Norfolk/Suffolk border is making great progress in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions involved with growing root vegetables. Elveden Farms, which specialises in potatoes, onions,…

NEWS

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

ENVIRONMENT

Video: How farmers are saving money by planting trees

Farmers have found they can increase productivity and improve the visual appeal of the landscape by introducing trees into their farming systems. Producers who have dipped a toe into the…

LIVESTOCK

How New Zealand dairy farmers are cleaning up their water

Over the past five years, New Zealand dairy farmers have laid more than 26,000km of fencing to stop cattle from accessing waterways as part of an industry-led initiative to improve…

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Insights

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Video: High-tech machine to revolutionise slurry pollution

While there has been a reduction in water pollution problems over recent years in England, agriculture is now the sector responsible for the largest number of serious incidents. In this…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Guide details how farmers can reduce ammonia emissions

A  guide published on Friday (27 July) sets out the steps farmers, advisers and contractors can take to reduce ammonia emissions and help improve air quality. The Code of Good…

SHEEP

NSA and Woodland Trust unite to give tree planting advice

The National Sheep Association (NSA) and Woodland Trust have launched a booklet giving sheep farmers practical guidance on planting trees. The role of trees in sheep farming was released at…

FARM POLICY

Why growers must reduce reliance on pesticides

Growers are being urged to highlight the responsible approach they take to crop management – or face the prospect of further restrictions as the government pursues a “green” Brexit. The…

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News

ENVIRONMENT

Plant-based diets could be key to reducing carbon footprint

The UK is the 25th highest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the world and tackling meat over-consumption could be key to meeting climate targets, according to a new report.…

NEWS

Poll: Have you invested in renewable energy?

Scientists are warning that agriculture must take steps to help the Earth avoid a “climate change catastrophe”. A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has revealed that…

ENVIRONMENT

Rewilding scheme for Mid Wales wins £3.4m funding

Environmentalists have secured funding of £3.4m to help develop a major rewilding project in Wales, designed to restore a large swathe of land back to its natural state. The project,…

ENVIRONMENT

Farmers ‘must make rapid changes to prevent climate damage'

Farming and food can be part of the climate change solution, rather than the problem, Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has said. Dr Scott Cato’s comments follow the release on…

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Video

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Video: High-tech machine to revolutionise slurry pollution

While there has been a reduction in water pollution problems over recent years in England, agriculture is now the sector responsible for the largest number of serious incidents. In this…

NEWS

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

Video: Flooded Cumbrian farmer hits out at Environment Agency

A Lake District farmer has hit out against the Environment Agency for not dredging the rivers after losing stock and having fields strewn with gravel in the Cumbrian floods. Bassenthwaite…

NEWS

Video: Farm woodland 'back on management radar'

Farmers and landowners are showing a renewed interest in creating and managing woodlands on their land, say conservationists. Improving the economic return from woodlands is “back on the radar” after…

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